After six tropical storms so far, none of them memorable, people are asking if we're really going to have a hurricane season this year. True, the later it gets started the less time the season will have to create big storms, but let's look at a little history.
Just two years ago, the first 8 tropical systems were all just storms, and then the ninth one became very destructive Hurricane Irene which trampled the East Coast. But that was still an August storm, so let's look at September history.
In 2002, we didn't have any hurricanes until September...and then that month we had four! In 2001, no hurricanes until September...and then that month we had three! And in 1988 we had no hurricanes until September and three again, one of which was Category Five Gilbert in the Gulf of Mexico.
Bottom line: there are clusters of thunderstorms heading into the Atlantic (one is already there as I write this) and the hurricane season is far from over. Don't let your guard down!